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    (CNN)GOP Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina said Sunday she believes there is "pressure" for House Republicans to move to impeach President Joe Biden if they gain control of the chamber after the midterm elections."I believe there's pressure on the Republicans to put that forward and have that vote," Mace told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" when asked if she foresees impeachment proceedings should her party win control of the House. "I think that's what some folks are considering."But the freshman lawmaker added: "If that happens, I do believe it's divisive."Mace did not mention the source of the alleged pressure and was not asked to elaborate on who is considering the move.Asked Sunday how she would vote if an impeachment vote came to the floor, Mace said: "I will not vote for impeachment of any president if I feel that due process was stripped away, for anyone. I typically vote constitutionally, regardless of who is in power."Read MoreCNN reported earlier this year that hard-line elements of the House Republican Conference were agitating to launch impeachment proceedings against Biden...
    Presidency Joe Biden’s former press secretary admits that if the 2022 election is a “referendum” on his first two years in office, Democrats will lose. Appearing on Meet the Press Sunday, NBC News contributor Jen Psaki said that in order for Democrats to prevail in November, they will need to define Republicans as the “most extreme” party. But candidly, the person charged with spinning for the Biden White House said that, should the midterms be about her former boss, the election will not turn out well for the Left. “I think that Democrats, if the election is about who is the most extreme … then they’re going to win. If it is a referendum on the president, they will lose. And they know that.” Biden has been on a run of increased polling of late — with a recent AP survey putting his approval at 45 percent, up from his low of 36 percent. But a new ABC/Washington Post poll out Sunday put Biden’s approval back below 40 — with the president coming in at 39 percent. The...
    Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH) — widely seen as a pragmatic moderate who has been critical of former President Donald Trump — pulled a whiplash-inducing 180 Saturday night on Fox News by fawning over a far-right GOP senate candidate he previously trashed. Speaking with Brian Kilmeade, the New Hampshire Governor pulled a wild about face regarding Don Bolduc — who is running to unseat Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH). “Senator Hassan is going to lose,” Sununu confidently predicted. The governor added that Bolduc, “won a tough-fought primary with very, very little money. Virtually no money. And so now he’s raising money, he’s getting some national attention. He’s an amazing individual with this background, this war hero background, that just wants to stand up and serve.” During the primary campaign, Bolduc repeatedly parroted the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Yet Bolduc, immediately after winning the nomination, reversed course — telling Fox News that after having “done a lot of research” he now believes “the election was not stolen. Similarly, Sununu has backed off of his...
    PITTSBURG — With only one incumbent and four other candidates vying for three open positions, the makeup of the five-member Pittsburg City Council could change drastically. Mayor Holland White announced he would not seek re-election and Councilmember Merl Craft decided the same. That leaves Vice Mayor Shanelle Scales-Preston as the only incumbent running, along with newcomers Sonja Shephard, Dionne Adams, Angelica Lopez and Wolfgang Croskey. First elected in 2018, Scales-Preston, 44, works for U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier. The mother of two wants to focus on expanding youth and senior services, affordable housing and caring for the unhoused, including county homeless outreach programs and the homeless shower program. As for the county-run transitional housing at the former Motel 6, Scales-Preston said with the increasing number of homeless people, the motel, which serves all of eastern Contra Costa County, is not enough. She also wants to build housing for unhoused Los Medanos College students. Shanelle Scales-Preston is running for Pittsburg City Council in 2022.  “I will continue to work with the county and state to secure funding for housing and with nonprofit...
    Photo credit: Drew Angerer, Getty Images Former President Donald Trump went on the attack against Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, and an assortment of his other foes during a series of interviews with New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. Haberman shared a series of Trump interviews she conducted with The Atlantic, which formed the basis of her upcoming book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America. In the first of Haberman’s interviews with Trump back in March 2021, the former president reminisced about Meade Esposito and other political figures he viewed as “tough.” Asked if he believed the presidency would function in a similar manner, Trump revived his feud with McConnell for not adopting Esposito-type tactics when he was Senate majority leader. From The Atlantic: “Well, I figured that the Mitch McConnells would be like him, in the sense of strength.” There were plenty of factual problems with the criticism. In fact, McConnell had kept Republican senators in line over and over to advance Trump’s policy and personnel concerns and generally protect his political standing as the leader...
    A volunteer prepares pink ballot papers at a polling station in Rome'Andreas Solaro | Afp | Getty Images Italians head to the polls Sunday in a nationwide vote that could return the country's first female prime minister and the first government led by the far-right since the end of World War II. Giorgia Meloni's Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) party was created in 2012, but has its roots in Italy's 20th century neo-fascist movement that emerged after the death of fascist leader Benito Mussolini in 1945. After winning 4% of the vote in 2018's election, it has used its position in opposition to springboard into the mainstream. The Brothers of Italy party is expected to gain the largest share of the vote for a single party on Sunday. Polls prior to a blackout on Sept. 9 showed that it's been getting almost 25% of the vote, far ahead of its nearest right-wing ally Lega. Forming a coalition with Lega, under Matteo Salvini, Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and a more minor coalition partner, Noi Moderati, it looks likely the right-wing alliance...
    (CNN)Polls opened Sunday in the Italian national elections, with the far-right Brothers of Italy party -- led by Giorgia Meloni -- poised to make big gains after the collapse of two governments since the last election. Her ultra-conservative party, whose origins lie in post-war fascism, control just two of Italy's 20 regions, winning just 4.5% of the vote in the 2018 elections. But since the collapse of former Prime Minister Mario Draghi's coalition earlier in this year -- which triggered the snap election -- the Brothers of Italy have only surged in popularity, with recent polling suggesting nearly a quarter of the electorate backs her.Meloni, a 45-year-old mother from Rome who has campaigned under the slogan "God, country and family," leads a party whose agenda is rooted in Euroskepticism, anti-immigration policies, and one that has also proposed weakening LGBTQ and abortion rights.Her astronomical rise in popularity is a reflection of Italy's longstanding rejection of mainstream politics, seen most recently with the country's support of anti-establishment parties such as the Five Star Movement and Matteo Salvini's League.Read MoreGiorgia Meloni speaks to...
    by Ben Whedon   The Center for Renewing America (CRA) hit Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg, his wife, and three voting rights groups with legal complaints over an alleged effort by which they improperly channeled roughly $500 million in a bid to influence the 2020 presidential election. CRA alleges, according to Fox Business, that the Zuckerbergs sent the money to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), and National Vote at Home Institute (NVAHI), which in turn moved the money to Democrat leaning areas aiming to move competitive states into President Joe Biden’s column. Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe was reportedly Zuckerberg’s point man on the effort. A House Republican investigation into CTCL’s use of the funds found that the vast majority of the so-called “Zuckerbucks” were spent on get out to vote and voter registration efforts. Republican lawmakers have since moved to ban the use of private funds in elections, in part as a response to the controversy. The conservative think thank told the outlet “[i]t is beyond disgraceful to imagine federal taxpayers subsidizing the...
    (CNN)Pete Antonacci, the head of Florida's new election crimes office, died Friday, the office of the governor confirmed. He was 74 years old. In a statement, Gov. Ron DeSantis called Antonacci a "dedicated, tenacious, and assiduous public servant, lawyer, and respected professional -- a friend to all in the State of Florida.""His fighting passion will be missed, and his legacy will persist in the hearts and minds of many," the GOP governor said.DeSantis' office did not provide a cause of death. David Fierro, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, told CNN that Antonacci had a medical episode during a meeting with the agency and others Friday at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. The state Capitol Police responded to the incident. Read MoreOver a lengthy and unparalleled career in government, Antonacci wore many hats, including deputy attorney general and statewide prosecutor, and he was appointed to serve on various boards and commissions. Several governors turned to Antonacci to fill tough roles or to fix messes. When the Broward elections supervisor resigned shortly after DeSantis took office in 2019,...
    According to CNN's Zachary Wolf, the Supreme Court could throw the 2024 presidential election into total chaos if they give their blessing to an "oddball" legal theory proposed by the same conservatives who attempted to overturn the 2020 election. At issue, while the House and Senate work on a bill that would clarify how votes from the states are tabulated and ways in which they can be contested, is a legal theory that suggests the federal government can't control how state legislatures run and report their elections and blocks the courts from stepping in. As Wolf wrote, "The Supreme Court, meanwhile, could be headed in the direction of conjuring anti-democratic nightmares if its conservative majority chooses to bless part of the oddball legal theory behind that very same push to overturn the 2020 election," before adding, "Some Republican lawmakers and the lawyer who conjured then-President Donald Trump's effort to stay in power despite the 2020 election results argue that the Constitution actually suggests state legislatures are independent and disembodied from the rest of their governments to rule over federal elections...
    Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich hurled an insult at a Capitol Hill reporter after the journalist pressed him on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. 'What do you think about the January 6 committee?' NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong asked Gingrich during a press scrum at the Capitol on Thursday.  'I don't,' he replied, before shaking his head. The 79-year-old Gingrich was there to help House Republicans with the upcoming elections. Wong continued: 'You have no thoughts about the committee itself?,' he asked holding his cell phone towards Gingrich as other reporters surrounded the former House Speaker.  Dressed in a dark suit and red tie Gingrich appeared to ignore the reporter before turning towards him: 'I think you have a learning disability,' he said. Wong appeared stunned by the humiliating remark and replied: 'Excuse me?'  Gingrich then gestured with his hands and pointed to his head: 'The fact is, I said three or four times I don't talk about it. Try the phrase - I don't talk about it.' Wong then...
    (CNN)On September 28, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi has confirmed the January 6 House select committee (which Thompson chairs) will hold its next and possibly final hearing. The details remain unclear other than it won't be held during primetime. The chairman has said that "unless something else develops, this hearing at this point is the final hearing. But it's not in stone because things happen." Thompson said this week he hopes that they will reach "people in the middle." Opinion: Republicans just gave the country a master class on extremismThe committee is expected to complete a report by the end of the year and before the next Congress begins. Thompson said that there might be an interim report before the midterms.But making this the final hearing would be a big mistake. The committee should hold more hearings in October and November, including on primetime, before releasing the final report. The country desperately needs to learn more about the effort to overturn the 2020 election, and that education needs to take place in a public forum. As the midterm elections...
    In a wide-open race to be Oakland’s next mayor, the 10 candidates looking to replace outgoing Mayor Libby Schaaf have not been shy in describing the city’s condition as worse than ever. Whoever gets the job will inherit a city facing alarming levels of gun violence, an intractable homelessness challenge and a narrow tightrope to either grant the Oakland A’s a complex waterfront development deal or risk losing the city’s last major professional sports franchise. On top of those issues, the next mayor must be a relentless booster for what makes this East Bay city great: the culture, beautiful parks, restaurants and a spirit of resilience among its diverse residents. Here are the candidates: Treva Reid Many Oakland residents know Reid, 49, who was just elected to the City Council in 2020, because her father, Larry Reid, held that District 7 seat for 24 years. The younger Reid said that gave her a front-row view of how city leaders have failed to fill city jobs or adequately fund law enforcement. A former senior aide to State Sen. Nancy Skinner when...
    (CNN)Ghosts of the 2020 election continue to haunt the US system of government. Exorcism. The House and Senate have a path in mind to exorcise the January 6, 2021, insurrection with a law to clarify among other things that, no, the vice president cannot simply ignore certified election results and, no, states cannot send competing slates of electors to Washington.Embrace. The Supreme Court, meanwhile, could be headed in the direction of conjuring anti-democratic nightmares if its conservative majority chooses to bless part of the oddball legal theory behind that very same push to overturn the 2020 election. Disembodied legislatures. Some Republican lawmakers and the lawyer who conjured then-President Donald Trump's effort to stay in power despite the 2020 election results argue that the Constitution actually suggests state legislatures are independent and disembodied from the rest of their governments to rule over federal elections in their states without state court review.That the conservative Supreme Court justices who pride themselves on their fidelity to the Constitution's text want to hear more about re-textualizing this single word, "legislatures," after more than 200...
    A Democratic Florida commissioner has publicly backed Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in his bid for re-election.   Dave Kerner, 39, who has himself been reelected four times in heavily Democratic Palm Beach County in the south of the state, delivered an enthusiastic endorsement on Fox News where he defended suggestions that he had turned on his party. 'I've been a registered Democrat since I registered to vote at the age of 18. I don't really see it as going against my party. I'm a Floridian, an American first. But there's a confluence of reasons,' Kerner began, before reeling off a list of reasons why DeSantis had secured his vote. 'The trajectory of our state, which I spoke about in my endorsement, his support for law enforcement, his management of the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a host of reasons why I endorsed him,' Kerner explained. Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, 39, has endorsed Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' re-election bid
    Trump-endorsed State Representative Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley) faced off against Democratic former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes in a debate Thursday evening hosted by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission on KAET PBS. Most of the lively exchange focused on the candidates’ stark differences regarding voter fraud, with Fontes more dismissive and Finchem stating election integrity is a priority. Finchem said in his opening statement that he is running due to what’s happened to the office under the current officeholder, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor. He said he wants to “restore honor, integrity, and security” to the position. “It’s not up to the secretary of state to make the law, they enforce the law that’s already laid down.” In addition to other controversies, Hobbs has been involved in a high-profile legal dispute with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich for making changes to the state’s Election Procedures Manual that Brnovich asserts are outside her authority. Fontes said he’s running because “democracy is a decision.” He implied that Finchem would usher in an era of “conspiracies...
    A Scott Rassmussen national survey of registered voters found that 61% believe that drug cartels possess more control over the U.S. southern border than the American government does. That poll also found that 54% do not think the federal government is seriously aiming to make the border secure and decrease unlawful immigration. Border security is critical for public safety. For example, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release noted that earlier this month, authorities arrested a convicted murderer who had unlawfully entered the U.S. The individual had been "convicted of multiple felonies, including murder, in 1996 in Miami and sentenced to four years of confinement" and had "been twice deported, most recently in June of this year," according to CBP.
    Georgia officials announced that they will be replacing voting machines in Coffee County over fears of a security breach after a pro-Trump forensics team allegedly gained access to them. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the move serves to soothe the fears of Republicans who believe the election was stolen and to counteract any possible security breach when the team accessed the machines as part of their investigation, according to the Washington Post. He also called for the punishment of any officials that might have broken the law as part of their investigation into election fraud. ELECTION DENIERS REPEATEDLY VISITED OFFICE AT CENTER OF HACKED ELECTIONS MACHINE INVESTIGATION Raffensperger's newest announcement comes after his office's earlier claims, in which they confidently asserted that there had been no security breach with the voting systems. Since then, more evidence has emerged to suggest that investigators might have accessed and copied sensitive hardware and data as part of their investigation. Georgia's replacement of the electronic voting systems with a hybrid of electronic and paper voting systems, while largely...
    Last week, former President Donald Trump appeared to knock Chris Christie's weight. Now, the former New Jersey governor is ribbing Trump back. Christie, who once had a friendly rapport with Trump, mercilessly mocked him for his recent assertion that a president can declassify material "even by thinking about it" before throwing shade at Trump's management style during a convention Thursday. TREASURY DEPARTMENT MOVES TO EXPAND INTERNET ACCESS IN IRAN AMID MASS CENSORSHIP “We have a former president of the United States who [went] on national television last night and said, ‘I declassified the documents thinking about it,'” Christie jabbed while attending a business convention Thursday, the New York Post reported. “Imagine all I could have accomplished if I only knew that I didn’t actually have to do it. I just had to think about it — this is a credible candidate for 2024,” he reportedly added. Last Friday, Trump took to Truth Social to post a picture of Christie preparing a meal, in what has been widely perceived as a swipe at his weight. ...
    The North Carolina Faith & Freedom Coalition pushed to ban same-sex marriage in the state. Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), who is his party's nominee for an open Senate seat, is set to speak at a Christian right conference this weekend with a host of far-right extremists with a history of ethical scandals and bigotry. According to the group's website, Budd will be part of the North Carolina Faith & Freedom Coalition's Salt & Light Conference near Charlotte. Tickets to the full two-day event, which bills itself as featuring "leaders" who "are declaring the TRUTH of God's Word to the cultural issues of the day," start at $99. The sponsoring organization is the state's chapter of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, a group founded by Christian right leader and Republican strategist Ralph Reed. It works to promote "Christian values" in public policy and advocates for redefining marriage to being only for opposite-sex couples. In 2012, the Faith & Freedom Coalition fought for an amendment to North Carolina's state constitution to ban same-sex marriage and domestic unions. The amendment, which passed in May...
    In a stump speech at the National Education Association (NEA) on Friday ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, President Joe Biden said that Republicans have to learn to love their country “even if they lose” an election, and mocked Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy for his claim about restoring faith in elections — to the delighted amusement of the friendly audience. He also said that “democracy is on the ballot.” Biden focused on bashing MAGA Republicans for most of the speech but got applause and audible agreement from the union crowd when he said partway through that not all Republicans are MAGA Republicans. During his approximately half-hour speech, Biden talked about the GOP agenda unveiled by House Minority Leader McCarthy on Friday morning, addressing individual items as well as mocking the overall presentation. He got a lot of laughs on the agenda item regarding elections. “With a straight face, Kevin McCarthy says that Republicans are going to restore faith in our elections,” he said, as the crowd laughed. After he added, “as they say in my faith, bless me father,...
    During his 2020 campaign, former President Donald Trump made a point of being vague when discussing the far-right QAnon movement. Trump refrained from overtly promoting QAnon and its conspiracy theories, but he wouldn’t say anything critical of them either and claimed that he “didn’t know much about” their movement. Times have changed. Trump is now openly promoting QAnon and is using exact phrases associated with the group, including “the storm” and their slogan “where we go one, we go all.” And Trump is hardly the only MAGA Republican who is embracing QAnon. Mother Jones’ David Corn describes the intersection of QAnon, MAGA and “Christian nationalism” as “QMaga,” attacking it as an authoritarian threat to U.S. democracy in an article that was originally published in his Our Land newsletter and was republished by Mother Jones on September 23. Extremism in the GOP is a subject that Corn also tackles in his new book, “American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy.” READ MORE: Bill Maher warns: Republicans running in 2022 midterms make the 2010 ‘kooks’...
    The debate stage is finally set between New York’s two gubernatorial candidates, Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin and current Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, though quarreling over the debates themselves drags on. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Hochul’s campaign committed to a single, one-hour televised debate between Zeldin, which will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Pace University in Manhattan. It will air on Spectrum News NY1. Earlier Report: 'Never Been In Question': NY Gov. Kathy Hochul Says She Will Debate Lee Zeldin “Governor Hochul looks forward to debating on Oct. 25 and highlighting the clear contrast between her strong record of delivering results and Lee Zeldin’s extreme agenda,” campaign spokesman Jerrel Harvey said. "While Zeldin continues to push his far-right plans to ban abortion and roll back commonsense gun safety laws, Governor Hochul remains committed to building a stronger, safer, and more affordable New York." Zeldin, though, said he was “rejecting” the idea of holding just one debate before the election, calling Hochul’s proposal “unacceptable.” In a video posted on Twitter Thursday, Sept. 22, the congressman pointed out...
    Sidney Powell, one of the attorneys who led former President Donald Trump's post-election legal battle in 2020, did not appear to testify before a special purpose grand jury in Fulton County, Ga. According to WSB-TV, Powell was set to appear on Thursday, September 22 as part of the county's investigation of potential criminal interference following the state's 2020 election. Per the news outlet, court records indicate that Powell was asked about "her involvement in an incident that happened in South Georgia in January 2021." READ MORE: Revealed: White House aide relayed information from Giuliani research team to Trump during campaign to overturn 2020 election At the time, footage captured several individuals gaining access to the County Elections Office to "download elections data from voting machines and an elections server." According to state investigators, the act is being purported as “criminal behavior.” Powell is accused of covering the cost for the effort. Powell was thrust into the public eye as one of Trump's allies following his 2020 presidential election loss. Like many of his other allies, Powell echoed the...
    Political comedian Bill Maher doesn’t mince words when laying out the reasons why the United States’ 2024 election worries him so much. The host of “Real Time” on HBO has been predicting that former President Donald Trump will run for president in 2024, receive the GOP nomination, refuse to concede if he loses and make another coup d’état attempt — only this time, Maher warns, he will be better equipped to pull it off than he was in 2020. In that type of scenario, Maher fears a full-blown constitutional crisis combined with violence and unrest. Inauguration Day 2025, Maher told CNN in 2021, would be a good time to be on vacation in London. One thing that could derail a 2024 campaign from Trump, according to Maher, is a criminal indictment. But during an interview with ITK on Thursday, September 22, Maher warned that such a prosecution would likely result in violence from Trump supporters — although allowing another coup attempt in 2024/2025 could result in violence as well. READ MORE: Donald Trump will never concede': Bill Maher...
    Former President Donald Trump shared a video on his Truth Social account laced with QAnon conspiracy monograms and other symbols. Accompanied by background music, the video shared a litany of memes glorifying Trump and, at times, painting him as a messianic figure while lamenting his 2020 loss at the hands of President Joe Biden. Trump has ratcheted up his trafficking in the controversial conspiracy theory in recent days, drawing sharp criticism from politicos. WATCH: DAUGHTER BLAMES QANON AFTER FATHER SHOOTS FAMILY, KILLS MOTHER A user by the name of Dragonheart7 shared the QAnon-laced video with a series of emojis, saying, "IF YOU KNOW THE ABOVE HINT YES HE WILL," in an apparent nod to Trump vying for reelection in 2024. The video, which Trump shared with his 4 million-plus followers, begins with an image of a giant “Q” superimposed over his face alongside the text: "Information Warfare. It's time to wake up." Other memes shared in the roughly one-minute video hail Trump as "God's greatest warrior" and the "greatest president in modern history." It contains...
    For today, a bit of presidential election historical trivia, followed by a little bit of Trump trivia. Who was the only presidential candidate to win the national popular vote in three and exactly three consecutive presidential elections? (The exactly three takes Franklin D. Roosevelt out of the running, because he won the popular and electoral votes in four consecutive elections starting in 1932.) The answer to the trivia question is Grover Cleveland, the Democratic former governor of New York (and mayor of Buffalo) who, I suspect many you know if you know just one thing about Cleveland, was the only person ever to serve non-consecutive terms as president. He won in 1884, lost his reelection bid in in 1888, and came back to win a second term in 1892 (at the end of which, he retired). Article continues after advertisement The less-remembered fact about Cleveland is that he actually won the national popular vote in all three of those elections, but, in 1888, he lost the electoral vote to Republican Benjamin Harrison by a fairly solid 233-168 margin, even though...
    (CNN)Republicans' chances of beating Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona are fading, a sign of the broader struggle the party is experiencing of late as it fights to retake the Senate majority, according to one prominent political handicapper.On Thursday, the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter moved the Arizona race from its "toss up" category to "leans Democratic," signaling that Kelly now has the advantage over Republican nominee Blake Masters.In explaining the ratings change, Cook Political Report Senate editor Jessica Taylor notes that Kelly has crushed Masters in fundraising --- and that has translated into a massive edge in terms of TV ad spending. "Democratic groups and Kelly have spent or reserved nearly $65 million during the general election period, compared to almost $16.2 million for GOP groups and Masters," she writes. (Taylor adds that Masters' campaign isn't running any ads at all this week.)Masters' past controversial statements -- he has praised the Unabomber, suggested that the January 6 attack was a false flag operation, theorized that the US should not have gotten involved in World War I or II,...
    While Cheney has touted the bill as bipartisan, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) suggested that saying so because she supports it is "like me saying a bill is bipartisan because [Republican Rep.] Jeff Van Drew, who used to be a Democrat, is on it." Davis also noted that Democrats' criticisms of electoral objections were stained by hypocrisy, saying, "Democrats have objected to every single Republican presidential win in the 21st century." The bill insists that the vice president's role in a presidential election is to count votes and that she does not wield the power to unilaterally reject certain state's electors. Additionally, it requires objections to receive the support of one-third of each chamber to be heard, whereas previously it was sufficient to have only one lawmaker in each chamber support an objection. According to Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the bill "hasn't gone through any committee" and received no input from Republicans.Extending electionsAmong the changes this bill makes to the 135-year-old law is an extension of time for a presidential election. In the event of a "catastrophic event" that...
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer refused to criticize the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni, before she is slated to be interviewed by the Jan. 6 committee in the coming weeks. In his first televised interview since he stepped down from the nine-member bench earlier this year, Breyer sat down with CNN anchor Chris Wallace on Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace to speak about a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from the consequential overturning of Roe v. Wade to the House committee's interest in speaking to his former colleague's spouse over her alleged support of former President Donald Trump's 2020 election fraud claims. Asked whether he believed Ginni Thomas’s political activism was damaging to the reputation of the court, Breyer said: "I don’t go through that in that I strongly believe that women who are wives, including wives of Supreme Court justices, have to make the decisions about how to lead their lives, careers, what kind of career, etc., for themselves." GINNI THOMAS TO BE INTERVIEWED BY JAN. 6 COMMITTEE IN COMING WEEKS Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence...
    Matt DePerno, the Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general, pushes the lie that Plan B is used to terminate pregnancy. Matthew DePerno, the Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general, recently suggested that emergency contraceptive pills such as Plan B should be banned from the state in the same way that opioids would be. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas in early August, DePerno, who is staunchly opposed to abortion rights, was recorded agreeing with a questioner that Plan B should be banned in the state. In the audio recording, shared on Sept. 20 on Twitter by Chicago-based digital news site Heartland Signal, DePerno is asked about Plan B, "Can you ban it?" He responds, "Well, it's an issue, I mean, in terms of, how do you enforce it?" The other man says: "I mean, do you take it out of stores? Like, I mean, I don't know the right answer, obviously." DePerno then says, "You gotta figure out how you ban the pill from the state," to which the other man says, "You can't do that by, like,...
    When Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming — once the third highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives — lost a GOP congressional primary to the ultra-MAGA, Donald Trump-backed Harriet Hageman in August, the takeaway for Republicans was clear: If you’re running for reelection in a deep red state, don’t cross Trump. Offending Trump hasn’t been the political kiss of death for all GOP incumbents in the 2022 midterms: In Georgia, conservative Republican Gov. Brian Kemp defeated a Trump-supported primary challenger, former Sen. David Perdue, by a whopping 52 percent and entered the general election with considerable momentum. Polls have been showing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who is quite popular among liberals and progressives, trailing Kemp by single digits. But then, Kemp is in a swing state that Trump lost in 2020. Cheney’s state, Wyoming, is deep red. And in light of Cheney’s fate, countless Republicans — even though who aren’t overly MAGA — avoid criticizing Trump. Establishment Republicans who are terrified of Trump and “enable” him are the target of a biting opinion column by Never Trump...
    Former President Donald Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he wants President Joe Biden, whom he lost to in 2020, to “succeed incredibly” even if that meant losing the next election were the former president to run. During an interview that aired Thursday night, Trump told Hannity that there needs to be a “great leader,” whether Democrat or Republican, “that can go toe-to-toe with President Xi [Jinping] of China,” French President Emanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “You want Joe Biden to succeed?” asked Hannity. “I would rather have him succeed incredibly, even if it meant a much tougher end and maybe even a loss. I want to see what’s good for the country. If I had my choice of having this mess that we’re having there right now, this country’s a mess. This country’s not going to survive. The way it’s going right now, it’s not going to survive.” In addition to that eye-opening moment, there were other noteworthy moments from Hannity’s interview with Trump. Examples Trump saying he could declassify documents just by “thinking about...
    Jeff Swensen/Getty Editor’s note: This column by David Corn first appeared in his newsletter, Our Land. But we wanted to make sure as many readers as possible have a chance to see it. Our Land is written by David twice a week (most of the time) and provides behind-the-scenes stories about politics and media; his unvarnished take on the events of the day; film, book, television, podcast, and music recommendations; interactive audience features; and more. Subscribing costs just $5 a month—but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Our Land here. Please check it out. And please also check out David’s new New York Times bestseller: American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy. Those of us paying attention the past few years know that the answer to the oft-repeated question— have we reached the bottom of Trumpism?—is, there’s no bottom. Donald Trump and the Republican Party proved that once again in recent days, as Trump merged MAGA extremism with the conspiratorial lunacy of QAnon, and nary a Republican batted an eye. In retrospect, the melding of...
    New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc’s home was the site of a fracas that turned “aggressive towards the police” and required a call for backup in 2018, according to an incident report and dispatch log obtained by The Daily Beast. In December 2018, Bolduc’s wife, Sharon, placed a 911 call for a medical emergency. Dispatchers at the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department listed a man in his fifties with chest pain and difficulty breathing. Bolduc, a retired brigadier general, was 56 at the time. Upon arriving at Bolduc’s home, an officer from the Stratham Police Department called dispatch to say it was “going to be a verbal domestic” incident and requested backup. In the redacted incident report, the officer questioned an individual in front of the home who became “aggressive towards the police” and said, “I feel like I’m being interrogated in my own driveway.” The officer describes the rest of the family as “very cooperative” in the incident report. Attempts to calm the individual initially didn’t work, with the officer reporting their “demeanor did not change and was still...
    This week offered several reminders of something we have long known: Donald Trump’s political survival was enabled by ostensibly normal establishment Republicans. Let’s start with exiled GOP Rep. Liz Cheney’s remarks on Monday at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI): “There was a moment right after [January] 6 when if [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy had said, ‘This is completely unacceptable…We’re going to impeach. He should have been convicted,’ we would be living in a very different country right now,” Cheney said. “But instead,” Cheney continued, “Kevin McCarthy decided to go to Mar-a-Lago and welcome Donald Trump back into the party before January was even over.” Did McCarthy’s quick surrender allow Trump to get back off the mat? It feels plausible. But it wasn’t just McCarthy. His counterpart in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also blinked at the very moment when he might have delivered the coup de grace. “We’ve all known that Trump is crazy,” McConnell said immediately in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot (according to an excerpt of the forthcoming book Unchecked: The Untold...
    As political party attorneys and the state of Pennsylvania argued over “curing” election ballots on Thursday, the Democratic judge hearing the case suggested that differing county rules could undermine confidence in election integrity. Judge Ellen Ceisler, one of two Democrats on the seven-member Commonwealth Court, conducted the hearing in which Republican Party lawyers pressed their case against Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman (D). Per litigation filed three weeks ago, the plaintiffs contended that the court should not permit the secretary to let counties notify absentee or mail-in voters that their ballots contain mistakes that can supposedly be corrected or “cured.”  Some voters err either by failing to sign or improperly filling out declarations on their ballot envelopes. Others fail to insert their ballot into a secrecy envelope before placing it in the aforementioned envelope. Some Pennsylvania election boards contact these voters and allow them to correct and resubmit their ballots. Kathleen Gallagher, counsel for the Republican National Committee, told Ceisler that Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties — all in or near the state’s left-leaning southeast —...
    (CNN)Arizona Republican secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem doubled down on the conspiracy theories that he has espoused about the 2020 presidential election in a debate against Democrat Adrian Fontes Thursday night, asserting that the votes in several key Arizona counties should have been "set aside" even though there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 contest. "There are certain counties that should have been set aside as irredeemably compromised -- Maricopa County was one of them. Yuma County was one of them," the Republican state lawmaker said, echoing claims he made in a February resolution that called for decertifying the 2020 election results in three Arizona counties -- even though legal experts say there is no legal mechanism to do so. "We have so many votes outside of the law that it begs the question, what do we do with an election where we have votes that are in the stream, which should not be counted?" Finchem, a Republican state representative in Arizona, was endorsed by Donald Trump in September of 2021 after becoming one of...
    Former President Donald Trump complained to Sean Hannity that he’s being “attacked” so close to an election he isn’t even running in. Thursday’s Hannity aired part two of the host’s interview with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate. On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the state filed a civil suit against the Trump Organization that alleges the company overvalued assets to obtain low-interest loans from financial institutions. The suit seeks $250 million, as well as the banning of Trump and his adult children at the company from operating businesses in the state. “Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and to cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us,” James said at a press conference. Trump called the lawsuit an attack by New York Democrats before claiming there’s a tradition of not bringing legal action against politicians so close to an election. Of course, Trump is not running this year. “And there’s a rule,” Trump said. “It’s an unwritten law. You never do this politically. You won’t see Hunter Biden...
    Over the span of 30 televised minutes on Thursday night, the far-right legislator Mark Finchem clearly demonstrated why he is Donald Trump’s preferred pick to run Arizona’s elections. In his first debate with Democratic secretary of state candidate Adrian Fontes, Finchem held fast to his false claims that the 2020 election in Arizona was beset with widespread fraud, defended his presence at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, and declined to say whether he would seek to make it harder to vote in Arizona. The debate had barely begun before Finchem began conjuring disproven claims of faulty Dominion voting machines and allegedly dubious ballots stuffed into drop boxes. Asked to back up his arguments, Finchem pointed to so-called evidence included in the Dinesh D’Souza conspiracy film “2,000 Mules” that has become a sacred text on the MAGA right—though few elected Republicans have decided to go anywhere near the film’s far-fetched claims. When Fontes argued that Finchem’s goal was to overturn an election, the Republican strenuously denied the suggestion. “I’m not talking about overturning an election,” he said. “I’m...
    STACEY Abrams is on a mission to save American democracy after warning that "a tin-pot dictatorship can happen in the US". She said ahead of the 2020 US Presidential Election: "We have seen other steady democracies fall in recent years, and we cannot believe that the America we love is immune." ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates 6Former Georgia State Representative and voting rights activist Stacey AbramsCredit: EPA Who is Stacey Abrams? Stacey Abrams, 46, is a voting rights activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate. Abrams, a lawyer and Yale School graduate, is widely seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party. In May 2020, the former Georgia state minority leader - then a possible Democratic vice presidential pick - endorsed Joe Biden for US president, citing his stance on climate change, economic recovery and voting rights. She gained a national profile in her failed bid to become Georgia’s governor in 2018 and is a leading voting rights advocate in the southern state. The Rolling Stone states: "Abrams is a young,...
    Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images Alan Dershowitz said he’s representing Mike Lindell because the Department of Justice “exceeded its authority” when it seized the My Pillow CEO’s phone while he was at a Hardee’s drive-thru in Minnesota this month. Lindell said last week FBI agents approached him as he waited for food. “Cars pulled up in front of us, to the side of us, and behind us and I said those are either bad guys or the FBI,” Lindell stated. “Well, it turns out they were the FBI.” After the FBI demanded his phone, Lindell said he told them, “If I don’t give it to you, will you arrest me then?” He said he called his lawyer, who advised him to turn over his phone. Lindell is an election-denier who attended a meeting at the White House in the waning days of the Donald Trump administration. Like Trump, the conspiracy theorist insisted the election had been stolen and “brainstormed” ways to keep Trump in power. Writing in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Dershowitz explained why he’s representing Lindell. “I disagree with...
    (CNN)Months after Joe Biden's 2020 victory over Donald Trump in Michigan had been certified, and confirmed by audits and voting reviews, a clerk in rural Barry County received an unusual and confusing request from Matthew DePerno, an attorney in Kalamazoo.DePerno, who'd filed a lawsuit on behalf of a local resident claiming voting-machine fraud in Antrim County, more than 200 miles to the north, sent the clerk a subpoena demanding access to her county's voting equipment, election tapes, logs -- and ballots, which had been sealed and stored after the election."It was totally random," Pam Palmer, the clerk, told an attorney for the county, in a March 17, 2021, email obtained by CNN through a public-records request. In another email later the same day, she added, "He informed me that I do need to collect the ballots which are under seal at this point, and not to be opened for 22 months. He informed me they will be opening the ballot bags & resealing them."Palmer is among at least eight county clerks who received DePerno's subpoenas, including in counties that didn't...
    (CNN)A federal judge denied Mike Lindell's request to reclaim his phone from investigators after it was recently seized by the FBI at a Hardee's drive-thru in Minnesota as he returned from a duck hunting trip.Judge Eric Tostrud said that Lindell, CEO of My Pillow and prominent backer of former President Donald Trump's false voter fraud claims, did not prove that his rights were violated. Tostrud, who is a Trump appointee, also said that Lindell did not properly answer the legal questions required to make such a request. Lindell had alleged that the FBI's recent seizure of his phone may have been an illegal search -- where he was questioned about what he knew around the 2020 election and election machines in Colorado -- without properly being explained his rights or being allowed to leave the drive-thru without handing over his phone.The Justice Department had obtained a warrant, approved by a federal judge, to perform the search, according to the court record.Lindell's challenge followed others from prominent Trump supporters and advisers, who had their own phones seized in investigations related to...
    White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Thursday that President Joe Biden is running for re-election - he just can't phrase it that way yet.   'Well, you know, as he said, he intends to run and that's kind of the formulation he has to give to not like trigger federal election law and require us to file a bunch of forms,' Klain said at the Atlantic Festival in Washington. 'That is definitely his intention. Obviously, something could happen.' Klain was asked about Biden's political future after the president gave himself some wiggle room during Sunday's interview on 60 Minutes.  In his sit-down with Scott Pelley, Biden also pointed to Federal Election Commission regulations, but added, 'it's much too early to make that kind of decision.'  'As he said he's a believer in fate,' Klain continued. 'You know, he's seen all kinds of things in his life, he's not gonna say where he will be in December today.'  'He respects the fact that a lot of things can happen, but it is his intention to run,' the White House chief of...
    Getty Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. Those who have been closely watching the Jan. 6 hearings know the House Select Committee announced it would hold its next hearing in September following a recess. But when will the next hearing be televised? Read on for the committee’s schedule. The next Select Committee hearing will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 1 p.m., the committee announced in a brief statement. The broadcast is expected to last about two hours. The committee did not announce the topic or whether there would be witnesses testifying in person as of today, September 22, 2022. Here are some of the highlights of the hearings so far:Cassidy Hutchinson, an Aide to Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Recounted Conversations She Said She Witnessed Jan. 6 The Jan 6 hearings proved how close Cassidy Hutchinson was to Mark Meadows in the White...
    The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, has come to an agreement with Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to be interviewed by the panel in the coming weeks, according to a source close to the committee. Ginni Thomas’ attorney, Mark Paoletta, confirmed the voluntary interview in a statement, saying, “As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election. ]She looks forward to that opportunity.” Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the panel, told CNN on Thursday the committee does not yet have the interview with Thomas scheduled. Members of the panel have long said they are interested in speaking with Thomas, particularly after CNN first reported text messages she exchanged with then-Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows prior to January 6 about overturning the election. But in the months since those messages emerged, there has been little indication that compelling her to testify was a top priority...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Former President Donald Trump railed against his Vice President Mike Pence Thursday over a House bill that would prevent the Senate’s presiding officer from blocking election results. Trump cited the passage of the bill as evidence Pence could have blocked the results of the 2020 election, which he has spent nearly two years claiming was stolen from him. The Presidential Election Reform Act seeks to amend title 3 of the U.S. Code as it relates to reforming “the process for the counting of electoral votes, and for other purposes.” The bill passed in the House 229-203, with nine Republicans voting in favor of it. None will be in the House next year after they either lost their primaries or chose retirement. On Truth Social, Trump claimed the bill proves Pence could have chosen to block electors from states he contended cheated. “The House just passed a Bill which prohibits the Vice President from doing what all the ‘great’ Democrat & RINO legal scholars said he couldn’t do, ‘under any circumstances,’ regarding sending election results back to State Legislatures,”...
    Proponents of democracy responded with disgust Thursday after Senate Republicans filibustered the popular DISCLOSE Act, which seeks to expose the super-wealthy donors who are spending unlimited amounts of undisclosed money to ensure that the U.S. government advances their interests at the expense of the vast majority. As Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), author of the defeated legislation, said in a Wednesday floor speech, the bill's goal is to prevent corporations and billionaires from using dark money loopholes to "spew bile and slime" into the nation's political system. After all 49 of his GOP colleagues in attendance voted to prevent debate on the legislation endorsed by President Joe Biden, Whitehouse released a statement slamming right-wing lawmakers for fighting to preserve "dark money's poisonous influence over American democracy." "Today, Senate Republicans stood in lockstep with their megadonors and secretive special interests to protect the most corrupting force in American politics—dark money," said Whitehouse, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The American people are fed up with dark money influence campaigns that rig their government against them and stymie their priorities."...
    Gwinnett County, Georgia, has validated 15,000 to 20,000 voters after a voter campaign challenged the status of thousands of voters before the November midterm election. County officials announced at the meeting of the election board on Wednesday that they had approximately 16,000 voters left to go through, per a Reuters report. The county has a total of 562,000 active voters. MAR-A-LAGO SPECIAL MASTER GIVES TRUMP SHORT DEADLINE TO PROVE PLANTED EVIDENCE CLAIMS The challenge came from VoterGA, which filed an inquiry into the voters under the Election Integrity Act of 2021. VoterGA is joined by the American Project and is similar to other campaigns and groups that back former President Donald Trump's claims the 2020 election was stolen. Elections supervisor Zach Manifold told the board that 15,000 to 20,000 voters followed a legitimate process to receive their ballots. Voting rights advocates, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, have expressed their disapproval of the challenge, stating that VoterGA is "abusing the law," as they claim the Election Integrity Act was intended for citizens who personally...